Recently, I read a very moving letter on a bulletin board at Ace Hardware on North Main Street. It wasn’t what you’d expect to see on such a bulletin board. I don’t use Facebook or Twitter, so I’m not able to “like” or “retweet.” But I give a “thumbs up” to an open letter by an 11-year-old g…

On June 12, Poultney High School bid farewell to 29 special seniors who had the most unorthodox senior year. However, unlike many of their peers across the country, we were able to have a ceremony where they were able to march into the graduation to Pomp and Circumstance and walk across the …

At our southern borders, Donald Trump separates little children from their parents, and confines them to subpar facilities where several die. He ignores, dismisses and refuses to take the remedial national action needed – such as shutting down businesses – in order to confine the national CO…

I wish to share a very uncomfortable experience I had today at a grocery store in Rutland. Until today, I had felt comfortable in the store - aisles were marked to encourage traffic flow in one direction, and almost everyone had been wearing face masks.

I was born the day President Franklin Roosevelt died. Since then, I have never experienced a national or worldwide crisis. My 98-year-old West Townshend, Vermont, neighbor, Dick Jackson, who walks a mile up and down Windham Hill Road every day in all seasons — he’s the guy with the red jacke…

Years ago as a freshman in college, I decided to become a radio disc jockey. Getting paid all day to play music seemed like a dream job. There was just one obstacle. Back then, you had to have a third-class license from the Federal Communications Commission to prove you could read a transmit…

Everyone is looking forward to the COVID-19 pandemic ending. It’s not just the fear and the loss and the economic hardship. It’s the little stuff like being able to see someone’s smile or walk shoulder-to-shoulder down the street or give someone a hug. But one thing I am decidedly not lookin…

The woodchuck may be no more, but I’m not certain. He looked a little unsteady before he zipped off to God knows where, through the underbrush surrounding the lawn. It’s been 24 hours, and he’s not been seen since, but I’m not ready to take anything for granted. I did that with my marksmansh…

So much is being said about what needs to happen in order to change the way we deal with each other, especially in terms of race. A statement from the United States National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is on June 24, reflects the essential fact that we have a moral imperative to act in or…

I have been surprised to see so little coverage from the Rutland Herald on the demise of Marlboro College. The last story, in June, focused on the transfer of archives to the University of Vermont. The only previous news story was in January, highlighting the agreement that Castleton would a…

If anyone is still is under the impression that systemic racism is not a part of the fabric of America, consider this: Try finding any evidence of when four Black police officers murdered, in broad daylight, an innocent white man. Any.

From the start, Trump has failed to take adequate measures to protect the American people from the coronavirus pandemic, responding instead with a constant barrage of obfuscation, lies and macho bluster. As a result, tens of thousands more Americans have died than would have been the case if…

Remember how Democratic candidates told us again and again during the presidential primaries that Americans love their private health insurance, love their employer-sponsored plan, and it shouldn’t be taken away from them?

In a recent opinion piece, Windsor County State Sen. Alison Clarkson asks, "What kind of America do we want to be?" It is an important question. The causes Sen.  Clarkson supports and how she votes is not the America or Vermont that I envision. It is not an America of compassion, liberty or …

On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that the number of new infections in the United States could more than double to 100,000 a day if the country fails to contain the surge that is now underway in many states. The nation’s top infectious disease expert said the recent sharp rise in cases, l…

I have heard from several people who are outraged that Vermont state representatives voted to give ourselves a pay raise during the pandemic. I would share this outrage if it happened to be true. But it isn’t. No state representative will be getting a raise next year. Period. The vote we too…

I am sending this message to House Speaker Mitzi Johnson today in response to your decision to hold back some funds allocated to Vermont by the U.S. government for relief of hardships created by the actions of federal and state governments on small business operations in Vermont as consequen…

I'm just wondering if the governor of Vermont has a plan in place for if and when the mob comes here to take down our statues? The erosion of law and order, the lack of respect for history, and the crazy idea to defund the police, amount to a very scary time in which anything can happen. It …

After one year of service in my short Rutland Reunion Tour (not as exciting as the Rolling Stones, but pretty much the same hair color) 27 years after I served as RHS Principal and Superintendent the first time, I wanted to express my genuine gratitude to so many folks in our community. I ha…

His body language on the long walk from Marine One to the White House residence seemed to say it all: The only reading he’d done in years should have been the writing on the wall, emphatically spelled out by almost 14,000 empty blue seats in the Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa last Saturday…

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Just over three months ago we started “Five Questions With ...” to put a human face to this pandemic. Today marks the final installment in this stage of the project, but it will continue with a new set of questions more focused on Vermont’s recovery. Here, Paul Costello, of Montpelier, offer…

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Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

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Marlee Brunton, of Middlesex, talks about the pandemic and its effects on her family.

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Alayna Martel, of Barre Town, is a registered nurse at UVM Medical Center. She talks about how, as a frontline workers, her life has been affected by the pandemic.

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Gayle Townsend-Lang, of Rutland, works full time wearing many hats for the Rutland City Public Schools as “Miss Gayle.” Here she talks about how she has been affected by the pandemic.

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Yankee Notebook columnist Willem Lange, of East Montpelier, talks about how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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CPA Thomas Lauzon, of Barre, discusses how his life has been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation. Earlier this spring Lauzon was named to the governor’s Economic Mitigation & Recovery Task Force.

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Chrispin White, of Rutland, discusses how he has been adapting to self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting him.

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Christina Sweet, of Rutland, discusses how she and her family have been affected by the pandemic and self-isolation over these months.

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Educator and Vermont Mountaineers General Manager Brian Gallagher, of East Montpelier, discusses how the pandemic has affected his life. Earlier this spring, the Mountaineers’ organizers announced they would cancel the 2020 season.

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Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

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Cat Heatley, of Rutland, talks about how her life has been affected by the pandemic in recent weeks.

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Salon owner and fitness instructor April Rogers Farnham, of Plainfield, talks about how she has been affected by self-isolation.

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Barre Partnership Executive Director Tracie Lewis talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting her life.

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Montpelier writer Thomas Greene discusses how he has been affected by self-isolation and the pandemic.

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Drew Smith, of Rutland, talks about self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected his life.

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Jessica Van Orman talks about her experience in self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her life.

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Artist Jen Rondinone, of Rutland, reflects on self-isolation and how the pandemic has affected her and her family.

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Mark Breen, the "Eye on the Sky" guy from the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, shares his thoughts in self-isolation and how the pandemic has been affecting his life.

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Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses how self-isolation and the pandemic have affected his life.

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Executive Director of the Paramount Bruce Bouchard, of Rutland, talks about how his life has been affected by the pandemic and its consequences.

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Carrie Allen, of Rutland, explains how she has been coping with self-isolation and what she hopes will come from it after the pandemic is over.

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Vermont cartoonist Tim Newcomb provides a bit of levity to his answers about self-isolation and how he is coping.

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Recovery Vermont’s Melissa Story, of Montpelier, shares her thoughts on self-isolation and how it has affected her.

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Major Jackson is a poet and professor at the University of Vermont. He lives in South Burlington.